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The Bund

The changing fortunes of this sprawling riverside walkway are symbolic of the evolution of Shanghai itself.

Stretching for over a kilometre along the banks of the Huangpu River, the Bund is one of Shanghai’s best known landmarks. It is a popular promenade with locals and tourists alike, providing fantastic views of romantic colonial architecture on one riverbank and gleaming high-rise buildings on the other.

Join a walking tour to discover more about the history of the waterfront. Developed by European and American financiers throughout the nineteenth century, the Bund was once a major commercial hub. At its height, it was home to a number of key businesses including the ‘big four’ of the Chinese banking world.

Following the Revolution of 1949, the area gradually fell from grace, eventually becoming little more than a multi-lane traffic jam. Over the last few decades, however, the Bund has seen a major redevelopment with many of its splendid period buildings having been restored and on display as ‘colonial relics’.

The waterfront is a great place to visit in the early morning or later in the day. If you arrive first thing, you’ll find plenty of cafés and stalls where you can enjoy pancakes and steamed dumplings – known as baozi – before heading along the riverfront for a run or a spot of Tai Chi. In the early afternoon, tea is served in the grand hotels along the water.

Later in the day, the Bund turns into a trendy destination for the city’s night owls. Watch the lights reflecting off the darkened waters as you sip a cocktail on a roof terrace or listen to jazz in bars once frequented by the likes of Noel Coward and Charlie Chaplin.

The Bund is easily walkable from the Pudong area of Shanghai – just use the pedestrian tunnel beneath the river. If you are further afield, catch an underground train to East Nanjing Road Station. You can also get here by ferry, or incorporate it into a boat tour along the river.


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Lodging Near The Bund

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Hyatt On The Bund

Hyatt On The Bund

199 Huang Pu Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
    5.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

    Located in Hong Kou, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Bund and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Yu Garden and Shanghai Old Street are also ...

    Hyatt On The BundAU$249

    Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

    Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

    33 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai
      5.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai World Financial Center, Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai ...

      Pudong Shangri-La East ShanghaiAU$244

      The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

      The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

      88 Henan Central Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
        5.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        2.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and The Bund. Yu Garden and Madame Tussaud's Wax ...

        The Westin Bund Center, ShanghaiAU$222

        Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel

        Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel

        No.59 Si Ping Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
          4.5 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Hong Kou, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hongkou Football Stadium, Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum. Oriental Pearl Tower and Xintiandi Style ...

          Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou HotelAU$170

          The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

          The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

          Shanghai ifc No.8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
            5.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Super Brand Mall, Shanghai Municipal History Museum and Oriental Pearl Tower. Lujiazui ...

            The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, PudongAU$444

            Grand Hyatt Shanghai

            Grand Hyatt Shanghai

            88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, Shanghai
              5.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is steps away from IFC Mall and Shanghai World Financial Center. Shanghai Tower and Oriental Pearl Tower are ...

              Grand Hyatt ShanghaiAU$252

              Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

              Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

              1 East Jinling Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                5.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Old Chinese City, The Bund and Shanghai Museum. Nanjing Road Shopping District and ...

                Les Suites Orient, Bund ShanghaiAU$199

                W Shanghai - The Bund

                W Shanghai - The Bund

                66 Lvshun Road, Shanghai
                  5.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from The Bund, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Oriental Pearl Tower and IFC Mall. People's Square ...

                  W Shanghai - The BundAU$415

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